Dr. Charles Taylor and Dr. Roger Scruton on the Sacred and the Secular

Thinking the Sacred with Roger Scruton, McGill University, 2014 Click here for the video.  In 2014, McGill University hosted a panel discussion with philosophers Charles Taylor and Roger Scruton on the sacred and the secular in modernity. The panel discussion took part within a broader conference titled Thinking the Sacred with Roger Scruton which had examined the ways the secular has been shaped by the sacred. The central question this particular panel was concerned however was whether a secular public sphere could continue to regulate and find within itself shared ethical sources without public religious… Read More

Justice Murray Sinclair At the Symposium on Reconciliation

Chair, Truth and Reconciliation Commission. At the Centre for First Nations Governance Click here for the video. In the following selection of presentations for the 2011 Symposium on Reconciliation, Justice Murray Sinclair’s lecture spoke about the meaning of reconciliation in Canada and his work as Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Reconciliation, Justice Sinclair notes, is a non-Aboriginal problem as much as to Aboriginal one because it is something that not only happened to Aboriginal people but it is also something that “Canada did to itself”. It is important… Read More

Dr. Amartya Sen at the 2013 Kellogg Biennial Lecture on Jurisprudence

Click here for the video of the lecture. At the 2013 Kellogg Biennial Lecture on Jurisprudence, Dr. Amartya Sen spoke on the importance of reasoned disagreement in the creation of shared conception(s) of justice. He noted that to understand the role of reasoned disagreement, it is important in fact to understand that reasoned agreement in theories of justice, as notably outlined by Lord Hewart in 1923 and “legendary” Harvard Professor John Rawls and his work in Theories of Justice, seek not mere agreement, neither instrumental nor functional, but the fostering of the conditions… Read More

Professors Agnes Heller, Roger Scruton, Rory Sutherland and Daniel Pick on Modernity

Nexus Conference ‘How to Change the World?’, moderated by Dr. Rob Riemen Click here for the video. In this brief panel discussion hosted by the Nexus-Instituut.nl, Professors Agnes Heller, Roger Scruton, Rory Sutherland and Daniel Pick discuss the broad defining features of our changing world. The discussion in this particular selection focuses on the features we have called modernity — its promises as well as its peculiarities. Click here to read the remainder of the entry.

Professor Richard Tuck on Democratic Sovereignty and Democratic Government

Harvard University, Faculti — An Online Media Platform for Ideas Click here for the video. In this brief interview, Professor Richard Tuck speaks about his work in tracing the historical role of referendums and plebiscites in the formation of early-modern democratic states. While these processes have remained under theorized in the last 100 years, he argues that they are surprisingly relevant in how we tend to think about the changes undergoing modern politics today. In particular in light of their recent revival in response to the stresses emerging from the European Union… Read More